NMHC set the record straight with the FCC on June 30 on a new digital discrimination proceeding. Our comments:
- Explained that property owners do not engage in digital discrimination and are strong proponents of renters having access to reliable, high-speed broadband;
- Forcefully clarified the record that property owners invest significant resources to build out broadband networks and provide reliable, fast broadband services to residents; and
- Pointed out that broadband services at apartment communities are often better, faster and cheaper than what is available in the broader market.
Oftentimes, providers are making the economic decision to not invest in building out or upgrading service at these properties and communities. In fact, Congress rightfully acknowledged this exact point in making multifamily properties eligible for broadband infrastructure funding to upgrade or build out broadband networks because of these factors and the negative impact that increased costs on housing providers would have on housing affordability.
By the Numbers
Industry data shows competition and superior broadband service already exists in most of the multifamily market with 80% of apartments surveyed having two or more providers on site.
Why It Matters
The questions raised by the FCC about apartment owners continue to show their interest in exploring the multifamily broadband market and whether consumers are being harmed by existing business practices. That’s why it’s critical NMHC engaged with the FCC. We must continue to build a record that shows the vast majority of renters are well served by the existing market.
NMHC will continue its advocacy work at the FCC in defending apartment owners and operators against:
- Regulation that could upend the multifamily broadband market;
- Taking away an owner’s ability to control access to apartment properties; and
- The shifting of further deployment costs from broadband providers to property owners at a time of worsening housing affordability challenges around the country.
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